SHAPIRO: Lifting the right to carry firearms

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Awkward is putting it mildly. There aren’t a whole lot of people out there that would load up a rifle or a side arm so they can “bear arms” while they march back and forth in their living room.

Bearing arms clearly means to carry, precisely because one is leaving home and wants to maintain a sense of security.

From the beginning, gun-control advocates have used an Orwellian reverse logic to prove that the Second Amendment was a “collective right” as opposed to an individual right, even though there is no such thing as a “collective right” in any other part of the Bill of Rights.

That just doesn’t add up.

The message Justice Thomas is sending is clear: The right to keep and carry a firearm for self-defense is inherent in the Constitution of the United States whether it is inside or outside one’s home. To say anything else just isn’t true.

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro is a former Washington, D.C., prosecutor who previously enforced the District’s gun ban before it was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro is a nationally recognized investigative journalist and a former Washington, D.C., prosecutor. He is currently general counsel for MDB International, a D.C.-based international investigations firm, and a legal analyst for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

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